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Sleepless in Rishon Lezion, IDF Attacks in Gaza Continue

The problem remains that so far, IDF air strikes are not reaching the Hamas leadership, which is protected underground in deep bunkers.
Some of the missile fire comes from launchers planted in cemeteries, mosques, schools and hospitals. This is an aerial photo of one such launch in Beit Lahiya earlier this week.

Some of the missile fire comes from launchers planted in cemeteries, mosques, schools and hospitals. This is an aerial photo of one such launch in Beit Lahiya earlier this week.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit

On the eve of the 22nd day of Operation Protective Edge, residents in the central Israeli coastal city of Rishon Lezion spent a sleepless night Monday, awakened suddenly at three in the morning by the wail of a Code Red rocket alert siren.

It had been a really tough day, with the loss of ten Israeli soldiers in Gaza operations, and the country was bone-tired. Israelis were tired.

Even though many homes are equipped with a ‘safe room’, it still required an effort to drag one’s self out of bed, and to rouse the children – or carry them sleeping – into the shelter, to safety, in 90 seconds or less.

Both of the M75 missiles fired from Gaza exploded on the outskirts of the city. Having presented no immediate threat to the population, neither was intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system. As a result, much of the city heard the resulting ‘booms!’

The third missile attack, aimed at Ashdod, was in fact aimed directly at the port city’s residential neighborhoods. That one was intercepted by the Iron Dome system, and shrapnel from the resulting explosion high above the city fell from skies a few seconds later.

Since nearly everyone was in bed or in their shelters at that hour, the risk of curious Israelis racing to examine or even take pieces of the shrapnel as a souvenir of the war, was thankfully minimized.

Meanwhile, Israel Defense Forces redoubled their attacks in Gaza overnight and into Tuesday morning, focusing heavy artillery fire and air strikes on the northern part of the region.

But reports by the IDF that 150 targets in Gaza were attacked over the past 24 hours are being challenged by retired IDF officials and analysts questioning their value. IAF fighter pilots bombed the home of Hamas Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, but it was empty at the time, with Haniyeh and his family safely tucked away elsewhere, far from the battle zone.

Retired National Security Council chief Maj.-Gen. (Res) Giora Eiland warned the Hebrew-language newspaper Yediot Acharonot on Tuesday the IDF needs to advance deeper into Gaza. “It is not going to be possible to reach a true cease fire within the coming days,” he said. “It is unwise to remain only in the areas we are in at the moment; in order to get significant achievements we need to go deeper in our operations,” he explained. “Attacking Haniyeh’s home is not important,” he added. “He could not care less.” Haniyeh told reporters in response to the report: “My house is not more valuable than the houses of other people. Destroying stones will not break our determination,” he said.

Overnight IAF fighter pilots attacked 10 terror operatives in central Gaza, confirming hits each time.

The IDF targeted more than 70 terror sites overnight throughout Gaza, including two sites used as command and control centers belonging to Hamas, four weapon storage sites concealed within mosques, a concealed rocket launcher located near a mosque and an offensive tunnel.

In the early hours of the morning, IDF demolished a full terror tunnel route and also struck the Gaza City office of the Hamas treasury — used to fund and manage Hamas’ terror activities.

In addition, the IDF struck the Al-Aqsa television station used to incite Palestinians against Israel. The station is also used to transmit orders and messages to Hamas operatives and instruct Gaza residents to ignore IDF warnings about upcoming military activity in specific areas, the IDF said. But despite the bombing, Hamas reported the channel has continued its broadcasts – an indication that its primary transmitters and studios remained unscathed.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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26 Responses to “Sleepless in Rishon Lezion, IDF Attacks in Gaza Continue”

  1. Doris Conner says:

    God BLESS ISRAEL!!!

  2. Doris Conner says:

    God BLESS ISRAEL!!!

  3. Chez Israel says:

    Excellent! Sleep deprivation is the best; hopefully they fall asleep from exhaustion in their tunnels.

  4. Chez Israel says:

    Excellent! Sleep deprivation is the best; hopefully they fall asleep from exhaustion in their tunnels.

  5. Kim Sloan says:

    Thank you IDF, IAF for keeping all safe in Rishon Lezion, and all in Israel! Stay strong, we are with you, and I support Israel! Am Yisrael Chai!

  6. Kim Sloan says:

    Thank you IDF, IAF for keeping all safe in Rishon Lezion, and all in Israel! Stay strong, we are with you, and I support Israel! Am Yisrael Chai!

  7. Chez Israel says:

    Naseer Qurashi – maybe not, but they are a very destructive, brainwashed, child and goat raping nation.

  8. Chez Israel says:

    Naseer Qurashi – maybe not, but they are a very destructive, brainwashed, child and goat raping nation.

  9. IAF best pilots in the world need to keep Hamas awake as well as Hezbollah just in case.

  10. IAF best pilots in the world need to keep Hamas awake as well as Hezbollah just in case.

  11. GOD BLESS ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD LOVES ISRAEL+IDF.
    GOD PROTECT ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE LOVE YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    WE STAND WITH YOU ISRAEL+IDF.
    FOREVER

  12. Marco Singer says:

    Many thanks to our government for the “humanitarian” Fire breaks during full fighting against the barbaric terrorists of Hamas & Co,. – Did see someone accidentally missed in the government and thinks this is a basketball game? – So, it is needless to say that we have much better and more responsible basketball coach as a responsible politician. – This from a military standpoint, for the safety of the soldiers disastrous decisions, Israel will not convince anyone, not even someone in the UN, the current U.S. government nor the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel set Europe on the necessity of the struggle for their own survival. – There can be no one of above-mentioned convince you of the enormous efforts that takes upon himself the Israeli military to the civilian population of the enemy to protect as large as possible (so-called collateral damage). – No other army in the world has ever undertaken such efforts only in the approach. – So, for whom the whole, our soldier’s life-savoring, circus? – Israel’s policy in this regard has already led to these “people” and organizations are completely convinced in the world that by their loud cries, threats, and compare with Hitler’s war machine they can Israel’s policies and actions dictate how a jumping jack.

  13. Just carpet bomb the Whole area and blow up everything

  14. God bless you Israel !

  15. Karen Bryant says:

    God protect Israel and all innocents in Gaza.

  16. Let the bombings continue against Hamas terrorists until each and every terrorist is taken out of Gaza in a body bag, is taken as a prisoner of war, or who leaves and abandons his post and mission. ISRAEL IS FUELED BY HASHEM AND HIS WILL IS BEING DONE IN GAZA. THE WORLD WATCHES AGAIN AS THE SOVERIGN NATION OF ISRAEL, ITS LEADERS, PUBLIC AND BRAVE IDF FLUSH OUT HAMAS IN GAZA. I SUPPORT ISRAEL AND HER MISSION HERE.

  17. Proud of Israel. Shalom from Costa Rica!

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